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. if obama wins, what will get the credit? same for romney, what would have done it for him? what would history say were the key factors in making one guy the winner and the other the loser? did the campaign party or was it reality that made the call? >> there's a 1950's to mitt romney's feel it's where women stay home. will this be a turn-off in the 21st century or where women vote for the businessman that promises jobs. [captioning made possible by nbc universal] chris: i'm chris matthews. with me today michael duffy, andrea mitchell, kathleen parker and john harris. what will win the difference? for president obama, here's a short must-do list for the two weeks ahead. number one project what he's done into the positive future. ramp up that positive message. obama backs the middle-class. romney can't wait to help the rich. in monday night's debate especially on the issue of libya. and here's a list for romney, keep asking voters are you better off? present yourself as a strong fixer of voters' economic troubles. and look like a commander in chief. this is a tightened race and romney m
favor among women by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take up policies more suited to the 1950s. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all-important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod. and later, ohio republican senator rob portman. romney's debate sparring partner. joining us live from the debate site. >>> plus, our roundtable weighs in. from "the new york times," columnist tom friedman. and white house correspondent helean cooper. nd former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers.ne cooper. and former white house press secretary for president clinton dee dee myers. >>> from nbc news in washington, it's "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> the latest nbc news/"wall street journal" poll for where this race stands, chuck todd has the numbers. this is significant. >> this is amon
to be. our exclusive look at the race behind the scenes >>> also on the trail with the romney campaign, and tonight, why he is having to respond to a candidate's comments about race. >>> plus, what it is like living in the most hotly contested battleground state. under assault, 24 hours a day, gatheri ining storm, the hurric season >>> and breathtaking, an awesome new view of the grand canyon like you have never seen it before. nightly news begins now >>> good evening, i'm lester holt, sitting in for brian tonight, with the presidential race locked in a tie for the polls, president obama and governor romney are engaged in a fast and furious campaign blitz, the president launching an assault in some of the places vital to his election. he is on a two day trip, it will take him to eight states spending the night on air force one. romney is calling it a sign of being desperate, even as romney was racking up his own air miles. we'll check in with the romney camp, but first, brian williams has been given full access to the campaign swing. he checks in tonight from denver. >> reporter: well,
states where this election will be won. the final push has president obama and governor romney fire storming seven critical states across the country in the hunt for 270 electoral votes. is argument -- >> unemployment is falling. manufacturing is coming back. >> the passion. this is an election about big things. about big choices. >> and the ground game. the critical effort to deliver key voting groups to the polls. this morning, we hear about it all from key figures on the ground. all important ohio. can romney win the white house without it? we'll ask the state republican governor, john casic. wisconsin governor scott walker and colorado's democratic governor, john. analysis on what will tip the scales in this tight presidential race. from the round table, from msnbc, rachel maddow, new york times columnist david brooks, washington post columnist, former ceo of hewlett packard, carly. our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good morning on this sunday. as if it wasn't enough to have this
other things inside the numbers here, david. in the midwest, romney a narrow lead, but way inside the margin of error. and among all of the collective battleground states a little bit of a lead for mitt romney. speaking of the battleground, i want to go there a minute. if you look at where both campaigns think each is ahead, the south, you've got to give it to romney here. they think narrowly ahead. for the president, they think nevada looks good for him and new hampshire. so then you look where is this race getting decided? those four states. colorado, david, might be the closest in the country, but it's the midwest. that is the ticket to 270 elect oral votes. >>> we'll be talking about these numbers as we get more. chuck, thank you for much. >>> joining me now, republican senator of florida marco rubio. senator, welcome back to "meet the press." >> glad to be back. thank you. >> let's talk where chuck left off about florida. looking at the president's schedule, he looks to be focusing a bit more on ohio. in your judgment, you've seen the numbers. is florida romney red at this po
. at the first one, the president underperformed against governor romney. at the second debate, both men were amped up. and last night's plot line appears to be the president's foreign policy attack and mitt romney's movement to the center on a number of issues. decreasing the policy distance between the two men as 60 million americans watched on live television. starting today, there was a new sense of urgency out on the trail. now, the travel becomes urgent and frenetic. every second counts and so does every state. we have it all covered and we begin with nbc's peter alexander traveling with the romney campaign in henderson, nevada. peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. as you just noted, nearly 60 million americans watched last night's debate. in fact, that was the smallest number of the three presidential debates. over the next two weeks as they bounce across the country, effectively hop scotching one another. both sides believe tonight they are in the driver's seat. >> give it up for -- >> reporter: kicking off their final 14 days toward the election, a split scre
berry. well, after the third debate between president obama and republican nominee mitt romney, there are just 14 days left before american voters choose their next president. and according to a cbs news instant poll of uncommitted voters, president obama was a clear two-to-one victor with 53% saying he won. governor romney got 23%. 24% called it a tie. a cnn orc international poll called the debate a little closer with 48% saying obama won while 40% picked obama. for more on last night's heated foreign policy debate we go now to nbc's steve handlesman. he's in florida for us. steve, good morning. >> reporter: hi, lynn. thanks. good morning from boca raton, florida. well, the debate here last night was clearly the most combative so far. though surprising to some, not on the issue of libya. but mitt romney was able to make his larger point, his claim that america is weaker now overseas than it was four years ago. mitt romney and barack obama came to their third and final debate tied in national polls, but their tv audience seemed sure to be smaller. baseball's national league pl
about race and god's intentions that mitt romney quickly distances himself from. >>> sprint for the white house. the candidates hit the swing states hard as polls begin to shift. and the need for speed. driving 85 miles per hour in the u.s. starting today. it's perfectly legal. we'll tell you where. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> well, good morning. i'm lynn berry. the romney campaign could be waking up to a brand new political headache as yet another republican candidate makes explosive comments about rape two months after the controversy over todd akin's legitimate rape remark. this time it was during a u.s. senate debate in indiana last night. richard murdock and his opponents were asked about abortion when murdock said this. >> i believe that life begins at conception. the only exception i have for -- to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother. i just -- i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god and i think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is somethin
in just days. >>> the blitz on the campaign trail with just 12 days to go. we're with the romney campaign in battleground ohio, and we're just off air force one after a solid day of flying coast to coast. >>> the scan explosive allegations against the popular television host. the scandal that has viewers in great britain stunned. >>> and over-caffeinated, what is in the stuff millions of us buy, and why sometimes it is impossible to know amid the questions about safety. nightly news begins now. >>> good evening, and while we are in the middle of covering whirlwind election campaign, tonight, something else deserves our immediate attention at the top of the broadcast. while the calendar may tell us we're days away from halloween and the november election, for that matter, it is still hurricane season. and hurricane sandy has experienced what forecasters are calling a stunning increase in size and in intensity. this late-season storm has already caused flooding in jamaica, damage in cuba, and haiti, and because it has the potential to affect more than 50 million americans along the east coa
romney is, peter, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you as hurricane sandy takes aim on the east coast, forecasters are not the only ones on alert, the campaign strategists are, as well. with crews defending against potentially devastating flooding in virginia, the campaign cancelled a rally. officials in north carolina say they could suspend early voting, if needed. in ohio, snow threatens to hurt the voting efforts. in iowa today, he was introduced by a situation with the state's senior senator. >> we'll put america on a new path to a new day with a new president. obama. a new president romney, pardon me. >> time for new bold changes that measure up to the moment, that can bring the american families to the certainty that the future will be better than the past. >> reporter: speaking to a construction plant that benefitted from mr. obama's stimulus money help, he blasted the opponent. >> we're the nine million jobs that the president promised. >> reporter: president obama targeted the most loyal supporters without ever leaving washington, courting young voters now o
, florida, for the third and final debate between president barack obama and former governor mitt romney. when they leave the stage tonight after 90 minutes together, these two men are not expected to see one another again until after the election two weeks from now. it is safe to say neither campaign in either its wildest dreams nor worst fears expected to be in a dead heat with 15 days to go. but that's what our national poll shows. as of tonight, our nbc news national polling has it this way. 47% obama, 47% romney. tonight's topic is foreign affairs. our moderator, bob schieffer of cbs news. last time these two men debated, it was instantly labeled the most contentious event of its kind in the modern political era. a lot of it had to do with body lang age as they circled each other. tonight they'll be seated and thankfully separated by the moderator, all of this happening in a critical battleground state of florida. so without further delay, we'll go now to the moderator, bob schieffer, who will be leading us through tonight's debate. >> good evening from the campus of lynn university
debate changed the chemistry of the race in mitt romney's favor, the second debate was a verbal fight. it got the president back on his feet. the topic is foreign policy, but the sheer closeness is hanging over their head. the president arrived in florida today, aware he needs to do well in tonight's debate, the race being closer than ever. the polls show a dramatic divide within the 47-47 tie. there is that gender gap, the president up in percentage with women. mitt romney's lead with men is a commanding 33 points, but hispanics by a 70-25 margin strongly prefer the president mr. romney spent the day behind closed doors where the press was not allowed, inspecting the table where he and the president will sit. he knows the subject matter tonight puts him at a disadvantage, something he found out in the second debate. >> you said in the rose garden the day after the attack it was an act of terror. it was not a spontaneous demonstration, is that what you're saying? >> please proceed, governor. >> all right, i want to make sure we get that for the record. because it took the president 14
. this storm is already having an effect on the obama and romney campaigns. just ten days until the election. it could have a big effect on early voting in several swing states and already both campaigns have cancelled or rescheduled events to get out of the way of the storm. we've got both campaigns covered. we want to begin with kristen welker who's traveling with the pret in new hampshire. kristen, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. president obama is facing a big challenge. he's got to juggle campaigning in the final days with managing a potentially devastating storm. now this hurricane has already impacted his schedule to some extent. he was able to make a stop here in new hampshire. this is a small state that carries a lot of significance. president obama trying to get ahead of hurricane sandy which could diminish his campaign schedule this week. today he visited new hampshire, a state with only four electoral votes, but with the race deadlocked, the president can't afford to leave anything to chance. >> ten days, new hampshire! ten days. >> reporter: the president didn't
>>> this morning on "early today," election sprint. president obama and mitt romney criss-cross the country trying to reach every possible voter. >>> what is the cure for romnesia? [ laughter ] >> well, obama care covers pre-existing conditions. >> wow! >>> hurricane sandy is prime to pack a late-october punch for much of the east coast into new england. >>> and pablo sandoval is major league baseball's new mr. october. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. well, with less than 300 hours until election day, the candidates are campaigning hard in several key states. and according to a new "time" magazine poll from battleground ohio, it is paying off for president obama. in a survey taken earlier this week of both likely and early ohio voters, the president leads governor romney 49% to 44%. late last night, katy perry fired up the crowd before the president took the stage in las vegas, where he pushed his message of moving forward and criticized his republican rival's policies as backward-looking. meanwhile, governor romney stoked hi
mitt romney with an edge over president obama. according to a new abc news "washington post" poll, 50% of likely voters now support governor romney. that's verses 47% who favor the president. yesterday the president wrapped up a whirlwind two-day campaign blitz with a stop in chicago to cast an early ballot. that's a first for a presidential nominee. and yes, he did have to show his id. >>> mitt romney made three stops in ohio on thursday. he told voters this campaign is about families and said his main goal is getting people back to work. >> i want regulators to see their job as encouraging business, not attacking business because i want more jobs. my priority is jobs, jobs, jobs. we're going to get them here in ohio. >>> nbc's brian williams spent the past two days on the campaign trail with president obama, often gaining exclusive access to the commander in chief. the president talked to brian about the election verses the job itself. >> it's funny. one of the things about being on the campaign trail, you're in "air force one," marine one, these big motorcades. michelle jokes that
challenger mitt romney was trying to nail down support in florida. >> we are going to win this. you know that. we're going to win. >> reporter: going into the last full week of the presidential campaign both candidates are reaching out to undecided voters. >> i'm asking you to compare my plan with governor romney's. i want you to know what we're proposing, each of us, and see which plan is better for you. >> four years ago then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: while early voting is under way in several states, the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns into disarray. governor romney and running mate paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and instead turn their attention to ohio, the state that's looking more and more like a clencher. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> speaking of crunching, halfway there. the giants have a 2-0 lead going into game three of the world series tonight against the tigers. nba bay area is in detroit with more for
. . >>> we need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is mitt romney there is not much time left. >> that's clint eastwood, once again lending his support to the romney campaign. the movie icon appears in a new 30-second tv ad, paid for by the superpac american crossroads. the ad began running today ins en key swing states, including colorado, ohio, and florida. both candidates are campaigning like crazy right now, covering multiple states in one day. the obama campaign got a boost in ohio from a "time" magazine poll. it gives the president a 5% lead over mitt romney. but other polls show the candidates are still neck and neck. steve handelsman is live in washington with an update for us. good evening, steve. >> reporter: janelle, thanks. good evening to you. neck and neck means there are a whole lot of different combinations of wins. in the swing states like florida that could mean a victory on november 6th. and so these candidate are trying to hit all the battlegrounds. mitt romney and paul ryan's swing state tour started in colorado. they split up, romney going to nevada, wher
on thirty-eight. >>> campaign 2012. president obama and governor romney sparred in the third and final debate of the election tonight. the candidates also found a lot of common ground. it remains to be seen if either candidate will get the much sought after bump in the poll. the last poll had the two neck in neck. if you attempt to cast a ballot and have it registered, the deadline is fast approaching. george? >> you have 45 minutes to register to vote. there is a deadline. these people stopped by to register throughout the day, and many of those say they're definitely going to watch the third and final debate between president barack obama and governor mitt romney. >> what we need to do is strong relationship, not the reckless leadership all over the map. he criticized his american leadership on the world stage. and how to have the middle east reject theerertism we're changes and the rising tide of confusion. and attacking me is not agenda. >> back and forth they wept over china and iran. they called the navy plan outdated. >> we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature
far while challenger mitt romney was more subdued. the president defended his record as mitt romney made his point that america is weaker than it was four years ago. >> i congratulated him on taking out osama bin laden and going after the leadership in al qaeda, but we can't kill our way out of this mess. >> governor romney, i'm glad that you recognize that al qaeda's a threat because a few months ago when you were asked what is the biggest go political threat facing america you said russia. not al qaeda. >> president obama and governor romney came into their third and final debate tied. now in past debates it has been big bird and binders. this time around it is another big b word -- >> we have fewer horses and bayon bayonets. >> that was president obama's response to a claim by mitt romney that the navy is smaller now than any other time since 1917. blue up on twitter more than a half hour after the debate. the #horsesandbayonets was trending. the comment saw 100,000 tweets per minute linked to that jab. overnight it went to the top of google's top five rising searches list right
's not even the final sprint. it's exhausting. mitt romney is soldiering on. barack obama's making his marathon part of his message. president obama started the day hoarse. >> i just have to keep on keepin' on. >> he had been in iowa on the tonight show in l.a., in nevada for a laterally, then to air force one, a call to colin powell after the general endorsed the president on cbs. >> i think we ought to keep on the track we're on. >> reporter: at 9:00 a.m., florida, the president trails by two points. >> i have a plan that will create jobs. and unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about that plan. >> on to richmond, the race in virginia is still tied. nationwide the obama lead with women has disappeared. he's reminding us that a republican 123459 candidate tuesday said, if a woman gets pregnant after being raped it's god's will. >> i don't think any male politician should be making health care decisions for women. >> reporter: mitt romney too was on the move in his must-win state in ohio. cincinnati at 11:00. >> the path we're on is the path that doesn't have an answer about how to g
hampshire is a big prize. and as president obama stumped there republican challenger mitt romney was trying to nail down support in florida. >> we are going to win this, you know that. >> reporter: is going into the last full week of the presidential campaign both candidates are reaching out to undecided voters. >> i'm asking you to compare my plan with governor romney's. i want you to know what we're proposing, each of us and see which plan is better for your. >> four years ago then candidate barack obama spoke about big things. but now he's reduced to talking about small things. he is shrinking from the magnitude of the times. >> reporter: while early vote is under way in several states the threat of hurricane sandy is throwing both campaigns in to disarray. governor romney and running mate paul ryan were forced to cancel events in virginia and instead turn their attention to ohio. the state that's looking more and more like a clincher. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> do you know what's in the food you eat? supporters of proposition 37 say it will help m form people and today they
broadly president obama puts much more emphasis on reducing inequality and governor romney puts more emphasis on growth. to tell you we want everything, reduce inequality and improve growth and governor romney may say something about inequality but it implies slower growth under president obama, maybe not for middle-income americans and faster growth under romney. although, of course, we don't know exactly romney's plan, but i think what he has in mind is a big tax cut reagan, bush like, hopefully improving the tax system. i don't know if he could really believe that would balance the budget or be neutral right away, but i think he believes he can much improve growth and over the long run things would balance out. president obama, you know, says while we are well in to this, housing's picking up and things are gradually healing and if you are patient things will be a lot better under me, too. >> what about the fiscal cliff? we are obviously going off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year when the tax cuts expire. we will see a huge tax increase for 90% of the country. k, all income
fires some schwab barbs while governor romney emphasizes where the two agree. >> in the 1980s or now, calling to ask for their foreign policy back. >> attacking me is not an agenda. >> this morning reaction from both running mates. vice president joe biden and congressman paul ryan as the campaign enters the two-week sprint to election day today, tuesday, october 23rd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012, with matt lauer and savannah guthrie live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> and good morning. welcome to "today" on this tuesday morning. i'm savannah guthrie. >> and i'm matt lauer. >> the presidential debates wrapped up with a high-energy performance from president obama. meanwhile, governor romney criticized the president for his foreign policy record over the last four years, and it had a different feel from any of the other two. >> yeah. we have had three very distinct debates. debate season is over. two weeks to election day, but here's how it's all playing out this morning in the papers. the headline in "usa today," obama, romne
. president obama and governor romney working very hard for their money and votes in the battle ground state of ohio. we have tracie potts with the latest on the race for the white house. >> reporter: president obama is back at the white house this morning after hitting eight states in two days, including something we have never seen before. >> you are right. >> reporter: a president voting early. >> it means you don't have to figure out whether you need to take time off work to figure out how to pick up the kids and still cast your ballot. if something happens on election day. >> reporter: if there is any doubt which state could swing the election, the president wrapped his tour in ohio. >> i have come to ohio today to ask you for your vote. >> reporter: governor romney spent all day in ohio. >> now that's an ohio welcome. thank you! >> reporter: and paul ryan launches a bus tour in ohio this weekend. >> the choice is yours on november 6th. >> reporter: today, governor romney is in iowa talking about the economy after greeting a crowd of 12,000 at a concert last night in ohio. >> this campa
and legacy. >>> battleground: florida. president obama and mitt romney getting set to face off here in the sunshine state tomorrow in their final debate. the polls show a razor tight race with voters here potentially holding the key to the white house. we're live in tampa on the front lines. >>> and too young -- a startling new documentary shines a light on how young girls are influenced sexually by pop culture and social media. why you may want to keep a closer eye on what your kids are watching. "today," sunday, october 21st, 2012. >> announcer: from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today" decision 2012. battleground: florida with lester holt live from tampa, florida, and jenna wolfe, live from studio 1a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to a special edition of "today" on a sunday morning. i'm lester holt reporting from the university of tampa, our first stop in a tour of the three key battleground states in this year's presidential election. we'll be doing this the next few weekends. my colleague, jenna wolfe is back in studio 1a. jenna, good mornin
numbers out today show that the economy continues to improve, but that gop rival mitt romney and president obama disagree about whether the glass is half full or half empty. nbc bay area's steve handelsman is standing by live in washington, d.c. as we edge closer and closer to election day, steve. >> thanks. ohio may still be the keys. no republican has ever won the white house without winning that state, and this year's nominee is campaigning as if that still is a rule. mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to iowa. >> we're going to create 12 million new jobs in just four years. we'll see rising take-home pay, and we'll get america's economy growing at 4% a year, more than double this year's rate. >> reporter: the former governor has improved his poll numbers because since the first debate, more voters just like him. >> mitt romney used to be upside down in terms of his likability. well, that's no longer the case. >> reporter: back in lebanon, ohio, a pretty town in the key swing state. >> that's true. >> reporter: these sisters sell furniture. cassie voted for barack
for thehite house in the final stretch. president obama and mitt romney crisscross the country, hitting key battleground states. but, will sandy put a damper on their campaigning? >>> and he's bringing sorry back just a week after he said i do, justin timberlake is saying i apologize to his fans. we'll tell you why "today," saturday, october 27th, 2012. >>> good morning, welcome to "today" on a saturday morning. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm andrea canning. so happy to be here. >> you brought your umbrella, boots and maybe a boat? >> it is a big weekend. i love how you told me you're going to be living on granola bar for the next couple of days. >> i'm going to be in the middle of it. it's going to be a bad one. >> all eyes on tropical storm sandy this morning as it slowly makes its way up the east coast. >> it was downgraded from a hurricane to a tropical storm this morning. right now it's packing topped sustained winds of about 70 miles per hour. just below hurricane strength. but experts say it could become a hurricane again. >> here's the latest. five states and the district
points but a fox news poll conducted last week has mitt romney ahead by two. keep in mind both leads are within the margins of error. in the past three elections voters here in virginia have picked the winning candidate so it's clear the road to 1600 pennsylvania avenue may run straight through the state of virginia. it wasn't all that long ago that virginia was better known for its civil war battlegrounds than its political ones. for ten straight presidential elections the republican candidate came out on top, but then in 2008, virginia voters went for barack obama. >> virginia! >> it was interesting because he kind of road tde the wave and h swayed a lot of districts that had been traditionally republican. >> while the 2008 vote here closely mirrored the rest of the country, virginia has actually fared better economically. its unemployment rate is below the national average from its fast growing washington, d.c., suburbs to the huge military presence around norfolk, a lot of government tax dollars flow into the state. but, like a loet of the nation, virginia has experienced huge et
the foreign policy. and there are new debates in libya, syria and iran. mitt romney took time out to toss the coin before a beach football game before his staff and his press corps. the president was at camp david where he'll spend the night before heading to florida. with both canning ddidates prac, surrogates took up the battle. >> mitt romney could onto point to binders for an accomplishment towards him. a binder full of women. >> even more startling is the president's inability to putford an agenda for the next four years. >> in mid-september the president led 50-45. the numbers show an evenly divided country overall. the president's job approval holding steady at 69%. the economy at 46%, and the poll also shows a clear enthusiasm gap. the president has a 49-44 lead among all registered voters, but that 47-47 tie of unlikely means the president is more enthusiastic and more likely to vote. 62% said they wanted major changes if he eastsi's elected. david axelrod has always said he expected a very slows race. >> it's very robust and it's very good indicator for us. >> even ann romney go
of the presidency. what obama or romney would mean to the markets and the economy. >>> then the bombshell accusations by a banker turned whistle-blower. my interview with greg smith about why he left one of the most prestigious financial firms in the world and the charges he makes. what was the last straw for you? >>> cooking up the formula for success for small businesses. the difference between the winners and losers. the "wall street journal report" begins right now. >>> here's a look at what is making news as we head in to a new week on wall street. encouraging news about the economy. the gdp grew at a better than expected rate, up 2% for the third quarter. the gdp is the broadest overall measure of the size and strength of the u.s. economy. economists were expecting a growth rate of 1.8%. the number buoyed by an increase in consumer spending and stronger housing market. the air went out of stocks midweek. the dow fell 250 points on wednesday after poor earnings news and the market was flat later in the week. big multinationals did not farewell in earnings. caterpillar missed revenues
and romney, the subject, afghanistan, libya, iran, your world. >>> political poll position. the race is tightening with 15 days before america votes. latest numbers ahead. >>> and breaking n on lance armstrong's future. we'll have the details right now. >> this is "early today" for monday, october 22nd, 2012. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a very good morning to you. i'm veronica de la cruz. heading into tonight's third and final presidential debate, our new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows election night could be a cliffhanger with the candidates now dead even. nbc news political director and political correspondent chuck todd breaks down the numbers. >> reporter: the new nbc news "wall street journal" poll shows the candidates in a 47-47 tie among likely voters. in mid september, the president led 50-45. the numbers show an evenly divided country overall. the president's job approval holding steady at 49%. economic approval down at 46%. foreign policy approval at 49%. the poll also shows a clear enthusiasm gap. the president has a 49-44 lead among all re
romney campaigns asking for access time on the road, ride along access to the traveling campaign in the final days. while the romney camp is still considering our request, tonight we bring you a look at what it's like inside the president's campaign for president. this latest trip that we were on, an all-nighter last night, is just wrapping up late tonight. he has covered eight states in just about 39 hours, crisscrossing the country for almost 8,000 miles. we spent much of the last two days with him, living on air force one as he makes his case to be able to ride around in that plane and continue in the presidency for four more years. our journey began first thing yesterday morning. >>> 7:59 a.m., air force one was rolled out of its hangar in the dark, filled with supplies, enough for the stops we're making today. we just got word the president is about two minutes from liftoff from the white house lawn on board marine one. the helicopter will land forward of the 747. he will walk to the front stairs. as soon as he is on board and the door is closed, we will start rolling to tak
as governor romney heads to iowa and the biggest battleground state ohio. chuck todd is in cincinnati this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. you could be forgiven if you thought barack obama and mitt romney were running for the presidency of ohio. they have been here a lot, were here a lot yesterday because both campaigns believe this state is that critical to their prospects in 11 days. president obama wrapped up a 48 hour eight state battleground blitz in ohio, and with a hoarse voice questioned his opponent's trustworthiness. >> there's no more serious issue in a presidential campaign than trust. trust matters. you know what, ohio, after all these years, you now know me. you know that i mean what i say. >> reporter: at almost exactly the same moment 150 miles west, mitt romney took the stage in defiance, ohio, and borrowing a page from president obama's 2008 play book called himself the candidate of change. >> this is a time when america faces big challenges, we have a big election. we want a president that will bring big changes and i will and he won't
president obama and governor romney in a dead heat, 47 to 47 among likely voters. >> that tells you the potential for this race to be a little unexpected. >> reporter: tonight the candidates take on foreign policy. governor romney is expected to question president obama's handling of the violence at the u.s. consulate in libya that led to four american deaths. also likely on tonight's agenda, iran's controversial nuclear program and relations with israel. so what should you, the voter be watching for during this final debate before the election? we went to dennis gordon, chair of the political science department at santa clara university for advice. >> are there any grand issues that emerge? does mitt romney raise a question about the soviet nuclear arsenal? sometimes president obama is criticized for signing an arms control treaty with the soviets that the americans claim he gave away too much to him. >> reporter: see if they go beyond to global, humanitarian issues. and read between the rhetoric. do the candidates have a plan? >> and actually coming up with the real tools and the
romney could not be closer, raising the stakes even higher for tonight's third and final presidential debate. >>> and they walked away, a man stepped into the path of an oncoming car. the split second move that saved his life. today is monday, october 22nd, 2012. >>> from nbc news, this is a special edition of "today," decision 2012 with matt lauer and savannah guthrie. live from studio 1-a in rockefeller plaza. >>> good morning. welcome to a special edition of "today," i am savannah guthrie. >> and i'm willie geist in for matt. more on the new poll numbers and tonight's final presidential debate in boca raton. first, savannah, your heart goes out to the victims of the mass shooting in suburban milwaukee. >> terrible story. the shooter identified as 45-year-old radcliffe hot en. he opened fire at a busy salon sunday morning killing three people, wounding four others. he then turned the gun on himself. his wife worked at the spa and had just recently been granted a restraining order against her husband. we're going to get the very latest on this investigation straight ahead. >>> also t
? will romney walk away from nevada and iowa? it's all about taking the road to get to those 270 electoral votes. >> we saw it today, mr. obama in florida, romney in nevada and denver. we talked about the electoral college. what about the voters? >> for voters, it's all about what campaigns call the ground game. about three dozen states are now engaged in early voting already. both campaigns will do everything possible to get the votes out now, especially from those voters they think opposed to them. romney will go after seniors. obama will go after college students. romney will try to peel off at least 60% of the white vote. obama will work for about 80% of the nonwhite vote. as in the past, race will be a pervasive factor. they have each done a lot of data mining at this point. they know where the votes are. of course, the votes are no good unless the votes are cast. and this is the kind of struggle that will continue throughout the period right through election day. it's political, hand-to-hand combat and nothing less. >> we're kind of both marveling at this, down to these last 14 days. has a
romney traded a few final jabs. >> i think -- i think it's called romnesia. >> they have -- they've been reduced to petty attacks and silly word games. >> governor romney's wife ann spent her morning in orlando joining thousands taking a stand against breast cancer. a walk at a time when the run for the white house is picking up pace. brian mooar, nbc news, washington. >>> governor jerry brown was in the bay area today to push for voters to pass prop 30 and to reject prop 32. dozenses of california educators were on hand at the governor's burlingame news conference to show their support. prop 30 would prevent billions of dollars in cuts to schools and colleges. property 32 prevents unions for using dues for political purposes. brown says he values the quality of education he got in san francisco public schools and wants to make sure that quality continues. >> we need in school not just standardize tests that comes out of washington bureaucracy but we need arts programs, science programs, field trips, librarians, kouns colors. >> the yes on prop 32 campaign argued that it removes special
, it's already having an affect on both sides. peter alexander is traveling with the romney campaign tonight. he's in marion, ohio. peter good evening. >> reporter: the storm has already shaken up this race between the candidates, the running mates and their wives, more than a dozen events have been cancelled. in the campaign's waning days, president obama is forced to juggle dual responsibilities, ensuring to the nation's readiness for hurricane sandy while campaigning. asked if it would affect early morning. >> we don't anticipate that at this point. >> reporter: the storm is already having an impact on some early voting, a key to success for many campaigns. both campaigns today announce halting- >> i know that right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast and our thought and prayers are with the people who will find themselveses in harm's way. >> meanwhile both campaigns are touting a string of endosment. >> reporter: and governor romney is scheduled to arrive at this event in marion ohio. the president is already en route to florid
. by attacking his opponent. >> governor romney wants to take the policies more suited to the 19 fiflts. >> this president has failed america's women. they suffered in terms of getting jobs. >> looking at the record and looking forward. what will tomorrow's final showdown mean for the final days? we hear from both campaigns this morning. for governor romney, senator marco rubio from the all important state of florida. for the president, david axelrod, republican senator rob horton. romney's debate sparring partner, joining us live from the debate site. our round table weighs in. from the times, tom friedman and white house correspondent, helene cooper. strategist mike murphy and press secretary for president clinton, dee dee meyers. ne cooper. and former white hous >>e from nbc news in washingto "meet the press" with david gregory. >> brand-new in morning, the latest nbc news poll on where this race stands. let's go right to my colleague chuck todd. this is significant. >> this is among likely voters. 47-47. not all races are equal. the president at 47. if this was the sunday before el
on the campaign trail for president obama and governor romney. peter alexander is in las vegas this morning on the campaign trail. peter, good morning to you. >> reporter: savannah, good morning to you. as you noted, a new urgency and accelerated pace, where the campaigns go, their travel plans, say a lot about where they believe the race will be decided. the president just landed in the state of iowa, he's kicking off a 48-hour battleground blitz. he'll also vote in that time in his home state of illinois. romney will visit florida, ohio, and virginia. in his first trip back to colorado since that first debate performance that shifted the course of this race, mitt romney enjoyed a political rocky mountain high tuesday night. >> we're on the home stretch now, and i think the people of colorado are going to get us all the way there, what do you think? >> reporter: and again accused his opponent of unloading an arsenal of attacks, but no solutions. >> day in, day out, there's one attack after another. and attacks on us, that does not make an agenda for the future. >> reporter: in the must-win
economic patriotism, a plan for jobs and middle class security. mitt romney and paul ryan begin their two-week push with a stop in another swing state, nevada. tonight they'll attend a rally in denver which features a musical performance by kid rock. both candidates are claiming victory in last night's debate, which coined a new catchphrase, horses and bayonets. >> governor we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed. >> that was president obama's response to a complaint by mitt romney that the navy is smaller now than it was in 1917. after the debate, the hash tag horses and bayonets was trending. it prompted more than 100,000 tweets per minute. overnighthorse and bayonets went to the top of google's top five searches. >>> halloween is just two weeks away. costume stores are busy right now. >> in the east bay, halloween is their christmas. garvin thomas shows us how we can all learn a thing or two about life from the store's owner. >> judy townsend said she doesn't quite remember when it began, but she always thought it would be cool to own a man
romney? >> oh, i think when you're candidates, that you -- and you haven't really interacted before, you can't say that you've got a real relationship there. >> so reports, especially just observations watching the two of you, you don't appear to like each other very much. you appear to tolerate each other because you have to. >> you know, i don't think that any relationship between me and mitt romney is different from previous presidential campaigns. i mean, john mccain i knew because i'd served with him in the senate. but i think if you look at george bush and john kerry, or george bush and al gore, first president bush and bill clinton, i don't think anybody would say that while you were in the middle of a campaign that you felt deep affection for the other guy because, you know, look, you're fighting for competing visions. but what i think the american people understand is that this is not about two individuals or even two political parties. this is about two different visions for the country and how we are going to make sure that every single person in america who is willing to work
mitt romney and president obama are getting ready for the debate which focuses on foreign policy. while they you know h.er down to study and practice, the vice presidential candidates took the lead on the campaign trail. paul ryan tried to turn the tide in the must-win battleground state of ohio while vice president biden was fighting for key electoral prize of florida. >> he had such a huge say-so in all of this. ohio is the battle ground of battleground states. >> we need you. with you we can take florida and we take florida, this election is over. >> boca raton is the site of monday's presidential debate and we will carry that for you monday night. >> if you are hoping to catch a glimpse of the o'orion meteor shower, this is a live look in san jose where the skies are expected to remain clear most of the night and the shower happens every october. it is a result of the dust from hayey's comet hitting the hat moss fear as it travels through space. experts stay best way is to lay flat on your back, look straight up and then just don't fall asleep. we'll be right back. thirty-eight mean
is sitting down with jay leno. they talk about his biggest rival not mitt romney. >> what's this big thing? it's like me and letterman. >> here how the president answered that one coming un. >> also, the world series you haven't seen. what it takes to cover this international event. we'll look at the media crush in the bay area. >> the custody dispute over this 77 pound dachund. find out who's fighting over the pooch. >> good evening, weather center attracts a few showers. but, ochk, nothing the giants could bt handle. it's going to be all about a warming trend coming our way. our detail when the 80s return in that 7-day forecast coming up. >>> crushed by a crane, investigators are trying to figure out how a crane mechanic was killed at the port of oakland today. he was hit by a moving part suffering massive head and chest injuries. he was taken to the hospital where he later died. workers have not been released but now osha is on site investigating. >> the beach remains closed where a man was killed in a shark attack. experts have more clues about that shark that bit francisco, sol aurks
in cabbage patch form. they have joined hands and are kumbayaing. >> we're missing ann romney. i love joe biden. look at the gray in romney's hair. >> the cabbage patch dolls are, i guess, out there and available for everyone to see. >>> all righty, he played the adorable nerd in the hit show "family matters." >> you know we're talking about urkel! [ male announcer ] this is mike. mike's being healthy and chewing like a man. introducing one-a-day vitacraves for men! it's a gummy multivitamin... with more vitamin b, to convert food to energy, and help mike do manly things, like wrestle bears and take out the garbage. new one-a-day vitacraves for men. like wrestle bears and take out the garbage. new pink lemonade 5-hour energy? 5-hour energy supports the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. so i can get the energized feeling i need and support a great cause? i'm sold. pink lemonade 5-hour energy? yeah and a portion of every sale goes to the avon foundation for women breast cancer crusade. i'm sold. new pink lemonade 5-hour energy. get the alert, energized feeling you need and su
to the romney campaign. >> we need someone who can turn it around fast is mitt romney. there's not much time left. >> the legendary tv add paid for by american krogs roads. >> the ad is running in seven key swing states. president obama is in los angeles. air force one touched down at lax late this afternoon. the president arrived at our nbc studios for his appearance on the "tonight show." with less than two weeks until this election california isn't a swing street, you know that, but a chat with jay leno brings national exposure. >> the white house is back on damage control last night about internal details surfaced about the attack. >> janelle is here with the news around the world. >> two hours after the attack in benghazi white house officials were notified that they claimed responsibility on their twitter and forthcoming pages. three other americans and chris stevens were killed. in the days following the killings they said the attack was fuelled by a spontaneous demonstration over an anti-muslim video and it wasn't until about a week later did they say it was a planned terrorist attac
republican which he considers a dying breed. >>> mitt romney kept his focus today on the crucial battleground state of ohio. his battle ground bus rolling into the small towns and crowds. this one in the town of worthington, ohio. he continues hammering on a message of change. >> the president's campaign is slipping because he cannot find an agenda. he is for it. there are only 12 days left. he hasn't had a chance to defend it or describe it to the american people in our debates. >> it is all about money. this presidential race is expected to cross the $2 billion fund, the fundraising mark today. $2 billion in fundraising. donations supporting president obama and governor romney total more than $1.5 billion by the end of september. >> still ahead, giants fans snapping up world famous memorabilia. how do you know if it is real? >>> good evening. i'm jeff ranieri. we'll have the giants forecast for game three and four coming up. here's a look at tomorrow's weather. clearing, sunshine, and also, warmer inland with mid 70s. however, in that seven day we are even more rain that looks to develop as
voting could be disrupted by this weather. but today mitt romney took a break from his ohio marathon and went to -- a romney administration will reach across the aisle to get things down in washington. >> these things we can only do if we bridge the divide between the political parties. we're going to meet with democrat and republican leaders in washington regularly. >> president obama is back in washington after wrapping up a 48-hour, eight-state campaign blitz. he's resting by the way his hoarse voice. harry reid is all right after his motorcade got in an incident. the 72-year-old reid suffered rib and hip injuries, six cars, including two las vegas police cars and two capital police vehicles were involved in this early afternoon crash. several members of reid's security team and staffers also suffered minor injuries. >>> not old enough to legally ride a bike or scooter without a bike helmet but old enough to work in the field. tonight on nbc bay area investigation, it's child labor, prompting a new push to change that law. a california congresswoman is calling for new protection f
went to detroit and yelled "go tigers." con, mitt romney went to detroit and yelled "go bankrupt." >> so funny. he knows how to work it. do we have to pay him a fee for coming on twice today. >> maybe if he was in studio. >>> coming up, not so funny, a deadly shark attack along the california coastline. still ahead, we'll let you know which popular beach may still have shark-infested waters this morning. >>> and to join our discussion online, find us on facebook. just search nbc bay area. >>> right now we'll take you outside to check it out. still kind of cloudy as we have a live look at the san mateo bridge. what a day for baseball, huh? the giants/tigers at at&t park. we'll keep you posted. >>> here's a look at more giants fans' two fans watch the action with cleanly folded rally towels in their back left pockets. >> golden. that always works. >>> a beach accident turns tragic following a deadly shark attack. a 39-year-old surfer was killed just off surf beach near van denberg air force beach. now investigators are trying to identify the bite marks. this attack happened near th
and ohio on monday before he returns to the white house. also, as a precaution, mitt romney has canceled all of his rallies tomorrow in virginia. instead, he will be heading to ohio as well. as we've been reporting, the giants are to win the world series tomorrow night in detroit. nbc bay area lawrence scott is in detroit with a preview of a story of a bay area woman who spent the last six months watching giants games from a cave. >> reporter: you've had a perfect game this season and been in the world series spotlight before. game four starter matt cain. he is a big game pitcher. and some of baseball's luminaries explain why. >> he has learned the right way. he came to the big league with plus stuff. he had the right attitude. just a combination of his talent, his experience and the desire that he has to compete. >> he is like a human metro nome. that consistency. he never gets excited. and he executes and he has great coordination. his delivery is so good that nothing phases him. >> reporter: following along here in detroit is a huge giants fan. she has been following all of the team t
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